Donation Guidelines

Donations of books, records, etc. are gladly accepted and are tax deductable.


What can we use?


  • books (hardbacks, paperbacks; fiction, non-fiction - all categories including children's)

  • computer manuals, especially with software

  • audio-books, records, tapes, CDs, videos, DVDs

  • puzzles

  • sheet music, art prints


What can't we use?


  • No encyclopedias older than 10 years

  • No games

  • No law tomes

  • No magazines - with a few exceptions such as: Arch.Digest and high quality craft & hobby

  • No mildewed items (if you wouldn't give it to a friend, don't give it to the Friends)

  • No oversized boxes (lifting books in boxes larger than a 'xerox' box is hard on the back!)

  • No Readers Digest condensed books

  • No text books with excessive ink underlining or highlighting.


What for?


You receive a tax receipt, the gratitude of the Friends and Library, plus the satisfaction of contributing to the library service in our community.


Where and When?


Please take donations to the Saratoga Library at 13650 Saratoga Avenue. Look for the book return slot marked "donations". If you require assistance from library staff to unload your vehicle, please call 867-6126 for an appointment.


For extra large donations, call the Book-Go-Round, (408) 867-5552,. Pick-ups may be arranged, depending on availability of volunteers. Books must be boxed.


Tips on Boxing Books

To avoid damaging books, Stack FLAT - place books horizontally rather than vertically. Stack NO HIGHER than the top of the box

The Friends does not sell, or make available externally, its membership list. Friends is a 501 (c)(3) organization EIN 94-2831256. Your membership and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law. Donations made after July 1 are included in the following membership year.